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Employee Relations Manager - 9 month FTC

 

About the GOC

We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. We currently register approximately 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians.

About the role

  • To manage/co-ordinate all Employee Relations cases and to review and implement HR policies and procedures

Key accountabilities

  • Management of employee relation cases, including internal and external proceedings.
  • Advising and coaching managers on employee relations questions or concerns.
  • Reviewing and implementing HR policies and procedures, in accordance with the agreed schedule, including undertaking consultation with staff, completing Equality Impact Assessments and designing and providing training to staff and managers.
  • Designing, creating and implementing an Employee Handbook.

Essential skills/experience/qualifications

  • Employee Relations specialist, including experience of managing cases at ET. 
  • Experienced at writing and reviewing HR policies and procedures and employee handbooks.
  • Experienced at undertaking consultation, ideally on policies and procedures. 
  • Experienced at writing and delivering training to staff and managers on HR policies and procedures, including related legislation.

Salary range: £37,135 - £50,241

Closing date: 5.00pm Friday 5 July 2019

Interview date(s): Week commencing 15 July 2019

 

We are committed to ensuring that in exercising all of our functions we operate in a fair and transparent manner and in a way that is free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Within all of our functions, we are committed to promoting equality; valuing diversity; being inclusive; and meeting our equality duties. We will not discriminate on age; disability; gender reassignment; race/ethnicity; religion or belief; gender; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity.

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How to apply

Please send the following to HR@optical.org:

  • Your CV (up to three A4 pages)
  • Your covering letter

We would also appreciate it if you would submit your monitoring form (which will be held confidentially by HR, used only for the purposes of monitoring our recruitment processes, and will not be shared with anyone involved in the selection process). Please be advised it is not compulsory to complete this form. For more information about our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion please see our EDI Strategy on our website.

 

For further information on any of the information above, please visit our website.

Should you have any queries, please call HR on 020 7307 9470 or email HR@optical.org.  Alternative formats are available on request.


Legal Adviser

Remuneration: The daily rate for all hearings will be £450 plus VAT.  The half day rate will be £225 plus VAT.    

Interviews: Will take place between 12 - 16 August 2019

Application deadline: Monday 22 July 2019 - (17:00)

We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK.  Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. We currently register around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

We currently have a number of opportunities for legal qualified individuals from a range of backgrounds to play a key part in the regulation of optical professionals by becoming a Legal Adviser to the committees that decide on complaints against registrants and optical businesses.

We are looking for individuals who can offer their skills and knowledge for several days throughout the year to support our fitness to practise function.  We are looking for individuals who are to bring a fresh perspective. We particularly welcome applications from applicants who can reflect the mix of our registrants and patients.

Role summary

Legal Advisers are to be appointed for the purpose of giving advice to the Fitness to Practise and Registration Appeals Committees on questions of law arising in connection with any matter which the Committee is considering.  They will provide legal advice to the Committee and assist the Chair in making sure that the hearing is conducted fairly.  The Legal Adviser drafts the decision of the Committee but does not play any role in the Committee decision-making. 

Legal Advisers must have at least 5 years’ experience of practice and must not be a member of the Council.  They are to be appointed for the purpose of giving advice to the Fitness to Practise and Registration Appeals Committees on questions of law arising in connection with any matter which the Committee is considering.  They will provide timely and appropriate legal advice to ensure a transparent and lawful fitness to practise function, ensuring cases are dealt with efficiently, objectively and fairly.

We are proud of being an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds and sections of the community to apply.

Further information

The information pack below provides details of the role, information on the General Optical Council, details of how to apply and information regarding the application process as well as further detail about the timetable. 

We highly recommend you read the application pack, paying particular attention to the competences required, before starting to complete your application form, so you can take this into account when writing your competency statements.

Please send your completed application form, with a CV, (no more than 3 A4 sides) and a completed EDI monitoring form, to vdesai@optical.org by Monday 22 July 2019 (17:00).

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Legal Adviser - Application Form

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If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Vineeta Desai at vdesai@optical.org or on 020 7871 0411

If you welcome the challenge of helping to take a leading role in supporting optical regulation at this time, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

We strive to be as diverse as the public we protect and welcome applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

 

 

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